Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

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Western Kentucky redshirt senior TE Deon Yelder caught five passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 27-17 loss to Georgia State in the AutoNation Cure Bowl.

Yelder hauled in a 54-yard touchdown pass midway through the first quarter and a seven-yard score in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. Those would be Western Kentucky's only touchdowns on the afternoon. The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder has accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl after turning in a 52-688-7 receiving line for the current campaign. He's an incredibly athletic prospect with a NFL-ready frame coming out of a program which has a recent history of pumping out tight end prospects -- Tyler Higbee, Jack Doyle and George Fant, to name a few. He'll need a strong evaluating process to land in the draft, but it's not out of the question that in a weak tight end class, Yelder could hear his name called on Day 3.
Dec 16 - 7:00 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior QB Mike White completed 26-of-39 passes for 351 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 27-17 loss to Georgia State in the AutoNation Cure Bowl.

White finished with an impressive yardage total -- it was his eighth consecutive game with at least 300 yards passing -- but make no mistake, Georgia State had this one in control without. Western Kentucky's offense has been perhaps the most disappointing in the country given what the Hilltoppers did under then-HC Jeff Brohm last season. To whit, White tossed 37 touchdown passes a year ago, but finishes the current campaign with a far more modest 26 scoring tosses. He'll next be seen at the Senior Bowl in January as he begins his draft process in earnest. While the redshirt senior has shown a nice pocket presence and awareness during his collegiate career, he will need to show the ability to transition from shotgun to under-center for the next level. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views him as a potential late Day 3 selection.
Dec 16 - 6:52 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior QB Mike White has earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

White previously was headed to the East-West Shrine Game, so this is an upgrade. White played with Taywan Taylor and put up ridiculous production in 2016, and he continued to carry the offense in 2017 with 24 touchdowns compared to just 7 interceptions despite taking 38 sacks.
Dec 2 - 10:47 AM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White completed 30-of-49 passes for 355 yards with two touchdowns in a 41-17 loss to Florida International on Friday.

The yardage is solid, but most of it came in the first half, as White and the Western Kentucky offense really struggled to get going in the second half. His first touchdown pass was a 28-yard strike to Lucky Jackson in the second, with the second score coming a quarter later from 14 yards to Nacarius Fant. Barring too many qualifiers, the Hilltoppers and White will next play in a bowl game.
Nov 24 - 10:27 PM

WKU redshirt sophomore DE Jaylon George was arrested and charged with a DUI.

The arrest was actually not for alcohol, since Geroge tested with a low level. The defensive end did admit to using marijuana and residue was also found on a search. The school will handle the punishment in-house.
Nov 21 - 10:35 AM

Western Kentucky redshirt sophomore WR Lucky Jackson caught five passes for 109 yards with a score in a 41-38 triple-overtime victory over Middle Tennessee on Friday.

Jackson has been a boom-or-bust player for the Hilltoppers all year, and this wasn't an exception. On four of his catches, he accumulated a total of 13 years. On one of his catches, he had a 93-yard touchdown from Western Kentucky quarterback Mike White. He's now gone over 100 yards in two of the last three games, and with his speed, he's always a threat to take one deep.
Nov 18 - 12:38 AM

Western Kentucky senior WR Nacarius Fant hauled in 14 catches for 101 yards and a touchdown in a 41-38 triple-overtime over Middle Tennessee on Friday.

Fant (5'9/185) has really stepped up for the Hilltoppers over the last three weeks, catching 28 passes in that time frame. His touchdown was a big one; a five-yard score from quarterback Mike White that tied the game at 31-31 after the first overtime. Fant and the Hilltoppers close their regular season game next week against Florida International.
Nov 18 - 12:08 AM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White completed 39-of-54 passes for 485 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-38 triple-overtime victory over Middle Tennessee on Friday.

Have yourself a day, Mr. White. The overall quantity of the numbers is certainly helped by the fact that there were three overtime frames, but the quality of White's play was evident all Friday evening. With few exceptions, he was accurate, and he was able to make plays between the 20s and in the end zone. The junior signal-caller has now thrown eight touchdown passes in his last two games, and has lead the Hilltoppers to a bowl game. Western Kentucky finishes the year with a trip to Florida International.
Nov 18 - 12:03 AM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White (undisclosed) completed 28-of-41 passes for 334 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 30-23 loss to Marshall.

White has been dealing with an undisclosed injury over the last week, but it did not prevent him from putting up strong numbers in a losing effort on Saturday. The redshirt junior connected on two of his three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter as the Hilltoppers tried to make a game of it after falling behind 30-10, but they were unable to completely make it over the hump before the clock expired in the fourth quarter. It's been a statistical adventure this season for White, who has failed to throw for more than a touchdown in six of 10 games. In the other four contests he's thrown for a combined 15 scores.
Nov 11 - 10:22 PM

Western Kentucy redshirt junior QB Mike White (undisclosed) went through pre-game warmups before Saturday's game against Marshall.

White was considered day-to-day earlier this week with the undisclosed injury, but it doesn't appear to have been significant enough to keep him out against the Thundering Herd.
Nov 11 - 6:30 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White (undisclosed) is day-to-day.

White has yet to miss a game this season and was healthy enough to attempt 50 passes in Saturday's loss to Vanderbilt, so we're going to assume this undisclosed injury concern is relatively minor. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound redshirt junior has thrown for 2,652 yards with a 14/6 TD/INT ratio in nine games this season, something of a down turn after he tossed 37 scoring passes a year ago.
Nov 7 - 9:57 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior TE Deon Yelder (foot) is day-to-day.

Yelder (6'4/255) did not play in Saturday's loss to Vanderbilt -- he wore a boot on the afternoon. It sounds like he could potentially suit up against Marshall on Saturday barring a setback during the remainder of the practice week, though. He's been a reliable option for the Hilltoppers this season, having caught 33 passes for 399 yards and four touchdowns.
Nov 7 - 9:03 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White completed 31 of 50 attempts for 324 yards in Saturday's 31-17 loss to Vanderbilt.

White did rush for a score and stood tall in the pocket for a 54-yard strike. White has displayed some real skills this year despite losing uber productive Taywan Taylor and others to the NFL.
Nov 4 - 4:15 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior TE Deon Yelder (foot) is not playing in Saturday's game against Vanderbilt.

Yelder (6'4/255) was sporting a boot on Saturday. It's not clear just how long he will be sidelined. This will be the first game that he has missed on the year. The redshirt senior currently owns a 33-399-4 receiving line.
Nov 4 - 12:59 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White completed 32-of-56 passes for 356 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 42-28 loss to Florida Atlantic on Saturday.

White came into this one on a hot streak with 10 touchdowns and one pick, but couldn't quite get it going against a (comparitively) tough FAU defense. He especially struggled in the second half, as he didn't account for a single touchdown in the final two quarters. Even still, in this pass-happy offense, he was able to put up big yardage and a couple of touchdowns for good measure. Western Kentucky gets a non-conference foe next week in Vanderbilt.
Oct 28 - 8:37 PM


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